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7 year old with a cough for two months. Might be allergies? Or asthma?

7 year old with a cough for two months.  Might be allergies? Or asthma?

Yes: Is there nasal drainage? Or sneezing or itchy throat? Then allergy, but if cough more at night or with exercise then likely asthma. See your doctor to best determine what is causing your cough. ...Read more

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Allergy (Definition)

An allergy is an exagerated immune responce to a typically benign trigger. You can have allergic responces to many things like pollens, animal dander, foods, medications, among other things. Symptoms may be bothersome, but benign, or can be fatal. Not all reactions to exposures are allergies and if you think you may be allergic , i recommend being evaluated by ...Read more


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22 year old son has had a cough post nasal drip and congestion for months. Is our first trip to an ENT or allergist?

22 year old son has had a cough post nasal drip and congestion for months. Is our first trip to an ENT or allergist?

Depends: if his symptoms responded to antihistamines like Zyrtec or Claritin (loratadine) I'd say allergist. If not, then ENT. Or you could go to an ENT that is certified in allergy treatment. ...Read more

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Is it normal for a 3 year old to have a chronic cough with asthma?

Is it normal for a 3 year old to have a chronic cough with asthma?

Asthma/other causes: One of the symptoms of asthma is cough. Uncontrolled asthma may result in a chronic cough. Other causes such as infections, structural abnormalities, reflux/aspiration should also be considered. Smokers who are near your child may worsen their asthma symptoms, since smoke irritates the airway. It is important to keep smoke away from your child. PRMG fax 858 259 9689 for?s ...Read more

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One year old female with cold/cough, stuffy nose. What can be done or given?

One year old female with cold/cough, stuffy nose. What can be done or given?

Cold: There are no medications for cold at this age. Run a humdifier, suction the nose and make sure she is drinking well. ...Read more

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Can a dry cough for a three week old be due to reflux even if he breast fed?

Can a dry cough for a three week old be due to reflux even if he breast fed?

Possibly,but: In my experience this is more often related to environmental issues.House dust, fragrances,smoke, etc.all can trigger cough in small infants. Removing these irritants from there environment can often help. It is sad, but the nice flowery fragrance of the baby room or bath water can act in this way. Their little noses and lungs don't respond to these the way you do. ...Read more

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My young one aged 4 months has been coughing n sneezing for close to a month. Is there anyone who may be of help or at least provide an advice?

My young one aged 4 months has been coughing n sneezing for close to a month. Is there anyone who may be of help or at least provide an advice?

Cough/sneezing 4 mo : If it haas been almost a month that the symptoms have been going on, have u seen the pediatrician? Seems like he may have allergies to something he is breathing or feeding on. Detailed history is needed and once the cul[prit(s) is/are suspected, systematic elimination will give the answer. ...Read more

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My 2 year old son is having a constant persistent cough but has severe asthma and allergies has moderate to severe asthma and allergies is on an advair inhaler twice a day for the last two weeks and the last three days i switched him back to his Pulmicort

My 2 year old son is having a constant persistent cough but has severe asthma and allergies has moderate to severe asthma and allergies is on an advair inhaler twice a day for the last two weeks and the last three days i switched him back to his Pulmicort

Has : Has he been seen by an allergist, or are these medications being given by his pediatrician.? There may be more going on. Would definitely have him seen by his doctor or whoever is covering for him. ...Read more

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What is better for a 4 year old singular or clariton if a child also has a cough an asthma?

What is better for a 4 year old singular or clariton if a child also has a cough an asthma?

Depends: The Claritin is a simple non-sedating antihistamine & will only aid in allergy related symptoms. The singulair (montelukast) is a mast cell stabilizer that has primary effect on reducing release if irritant triggered chemicals. Singulair (montelukast) has some cross over benefits to asthmatics who always have some irritant related problems. They are often used together. Of the two, the issue must involved picks one. ...Read more

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Smoking 66 year old with a cough for two months?

Smoking 66 year old with a cough for two months?

Possibilities...: Possibilities include chronic bronchitis, a form of COPD which has no cure, as well as bronchospasm from any cause, post-nasal drip, gerd. It is imperative to be evaluated by a doctor so the diagnosis can be made and treatment given. It is also imperative that you quit smoking in order to stop the ongoing inflammation in your lungs. You are also at risk for various cancers so please quit! ...Read more

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When should I worry about a chronic cough in a seven year old with a history of asthma but not asthma attacks in two years?

When should I worry about a chronic cough in a seven year old with a history of asthma but not asthma attacks in two years?

Asthma: Chronic cough in a seven year old with an asthma history can be a signal that the asthma is not well-controlled, despite the absence of "attacks". Your child should be evaluated by their physician, as they may benefit from preventive treatment. Chronic cough may also be caused by a host of other conditions, so your child would benefit from a visit to their doctor. ...Read more

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Is it normal for a 6 yr old child with asthma to get pneumonia every year?

Is it normal for a 6 yr old child with asthma to get pneumonia every year?

Not normal: It is not normal for a child with asthma to get pneumonia each year. It is important to make sure his/her asthma is under good control. If he/she is being legitimately diagnosed with pneumonia every year (with chest x-ray), he may also need an immunologic evaluation to make sure his immune system functions properly. ...Read more

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What can be done or given to a 8 month old for allergies.Syptoms are runny nose coughing?

What can be done or given to a 8 month old for allergies.Syptoms are runny nose coughing?

May not be allergies: An 8 month old with runny nose and coughing. These symptoms might just be due to a viral infection like a cold. It is rare for an 8 month old to have true allergies. If these symptoms have been going on for longer than 7-10 days, please see the pediatrician. ...Read more

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Can after a month of congestion be viral cold or pet allergies 6 month old baby?

Can after a month of congestion be viral cold or pet allergies 6 month old baby?

Maybe: A month of congestion could be from an infection like RSV or could be due to reflux or a bacterial infection. Food allergies could be a cause, but not pet allergies at 6 months of age. See the doctor for the answer. ...Read more

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For a 10 month old male baby who has had either flu, rsv, or multiple ear infections since march 1 at what time would tubes be considered?

For a 10 month old male baby who has had either flu, rsv, or multiple ear infections since march 1   at what time would tubes be considered?

Tubes: Tubes can be a good temporary measure in infants that have persistent or repeated infection. Head growth should eventually end the fluid retention that ends up being infected. I recommend them for a single infection that won't clear over 90 days in spite of meds, and the kid who has 5 or more separate, resolving infections spread over 12mo. The ent's make the final call after their evaluation. ...Read more

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I had an URI and have been having breathing difficulty for the last two months. 24 years old and previously healthy. Should I see a pulmonologist?

I had an URI and have been having breathing difficulty for the last two months. 24 years old and previously healthy. Should I see a pulmonologist?

Met: I would suggest an evaluation with your PCP initially. If you smoke please avoid all smoke exposure. More details may be provided during an inbox consultation which may help to guide therapy. ...Read more

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7 year old with a cough for two months. Might be allergies? Or asthma?

Yes: Is there nasal drainage? Or sneezing or itchy throat? Then allergy, but if cough more at night or with exercise then likely asthma. See your doctor to best determine what is causing your cough. ...Read more

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Dr. Sue Ferranti
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Cough (Definition)

The cough reflex is a protective mechanism that uses muscles in your throat and chest to expel mucous and saliva that may contain pathogens that would otherwise possibly be inhaled via aerosol or to expel pathogens infecting the throat and respiratory system. Cough benefits the host by reducing load and benefits the pathogen which may then spread via aerosol. ...Read more


Dr. John Chiu
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Allergies (Definition)

Allergies occur when your immune system is triggered by envirionmental factors it should ignore--for example, pollen in the air, or dander on a cat or dog--and creates cells to fight against them. An allergic reaction typically causes itching, congestion, or drainage, and ...Read more